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Happy Birthday Sir Paul McCartney!

It’s Sir Paul McCartney birthday today. The former Beatle has reached the respectable age of 76, but this does not prevent him from touring, composing and experimenting with new styles and technologies. In recent years he has worked with Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, among others.

Artists who participate in ‘this game’ after their thirties are sad, said the twenty year old Paul once in an interview about pop music. Now that he’s turned 76 and still going strong, we must conclude that in his mind he’s still far under thirty. Between 2013 and 2018 he did two major world tours – Out There and One on One. In addition, he never stopped delivering new work. A versatile man with an unceasing urge to create, as you can see in the list below.

Rihanna – FourFiveSeconds

In 2015, the former Beatle wrote a song for pop idol Rihanna, FourFiveSeconds. The arrangement of the track consists of a guitar, an organ and a cello. Kanye West also sings along in the song. The track became a hit and McCartney performed together with Rihanna and Kanye during that year’s Grammy Awards.

Kanye West – Only One

The collaboration with Kanye West doesn’t end with the FourFiveSeconds track. McCartney writes the song Only One especially for the rap star. A song in which Kanye’s mother, who is no longer alive, speaks encouraging words from heaven about his work, his life and his daughter.

The song originated when Paul told Kanye about his own mother. She died when McCartney was very young. Later on the pop star wrote a song about seeing her in a dream, Let it Be.

Guiness Book of Records

Sir Paul McCartney is not only a musician but also a world record holder in the Guiness Book of Records. The track Yesterday is the most captured pop song ever. But that’s not the only thing McCartney keeps a record in. The impressive number of 43 platinum songs coming from his hand has not yet been matched.

High in the Clouds

The creative urge of the former Beatle doesn’t end with music making. McCartney wrote the children’s book High in the Clouds in 2005. The story is about the squirrel Wirral who’s in search of  paradise after his forest is destroyed and his mother dies during the disaster.

The pop star has wanted to make an animated film based on his book for years and it seems that it will actually happen in 2018. Meanwhile, McCartney has also written a number of songs for the soundtrack in which he collaborates with Lady Gaga, among others.

Happy Birthday

So, age is only a number. Sir Paul McCartney is the living proof of this. How nice that the pop icon himself has written a song with which we can congratulate him. Where Disney owns the rights of Happy Birthday to You, Sir Paul McCartney has his own version of the theme. With a good dose of rock ‘n roll this track is perfect for almost every B-Day jam. Check it out. Happy jamming!

Five songs written in the key of A major – chord of the week

We have something new! We’ll be posting a chord on Instagram every week, starting today. This is going to be our chord of the week. Follow our account and check it out for yourself. This week we zoom in on A major. Jam along with a number of tracks that are written in this key.

How cool to select a chord of the week, but what does this mean for you? Well, enjoy playing along with some cool songs that are written with this chord as the keynote. We listed a few classics below, that are in A major. Just some inspiration for those moments around the campfire, on the beach or in the park.

Blitzkrieg Bob – Ramones

A classic punk song in A major is Blitzkrieg Bop by the British band Ramones. This song consists of four chords, and it’s perfect for practicing your basic finger placements. For the advanced beginner, this is an obvious opportunity to try out a slightly more difficult grip like the barré B minor. Just jam along here and check it out.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

With spring in your heart and summer approaching, you shouldn’t miss a Bob Marley song in your setlist. It’s a good thing that the reggae legend has written Three Little Birds in A major. More good news? Oh yes, this song consists of only three chords. Perfect for beginners and a lot of fun for advanced guitar players. So play along.

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

An Oasis song is essential to every jam session, whether on the beach or during a picnic in the park. Don’t ask why, just take out your guitar and start practicing the brit-pop hit Champagne Supernova. This song is a great opportunity to try out some of the more challenging chords. Like the F, the F-sharp and the F-sharp minor. If you look closely at this chord scheme, you will see that there is not much difference in finger placement between these three chords.

Help! – The Beatles

Now that we’re on the subject of brit-pop, The Beatles have also written a few very fine tracks in A major. How about the hit Help! from 1965. Just like the previous song, you can get out of your comfort zone and try out trickier chords like C-sharp minor and B minor. Just look at the diagrams of these two chords. The figure doesn’t really change, except for the fret position.

The A Team – Ed Sheeran

At first sight this Ed Sheeran song might sound simple, but it’s certainly a challenge, also for the advanced guitarist. It has fast chords changes, tight strokes and of course it’s written in A major. The A Team has it all, check it out for yourself. In this song we also encounter the chords F-sharp minor and B minor. Would they be in the standard chord structure of A major? Happy jamming!